Gender Issues

Is It ‘Beti Bachao’ Or ‘Beti Hatao’, asks AIDWA

IN a statement issued on February 2, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the proposal made by the women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to make sex determination compulsory with a view to curb sex selection. As she has clearly stated herself it has been made in order to absolve doctors and the “fraternity involved in medical processes”, and shift the onus of responsibility to the pregnant woman.

MAHARASHTRA: AIDWA Leads Women’s Siege to Dahanu SDO Office

THE prices of essential commodities have sky-rocketed; no work is available under MNREGA in the villages; the means of livelihood of the peasants have shrunk due to drought; and over and above this, ration grains too are not being distributed. Women face harassment in the government hospital. These factors led to tremendous unrest and anger amongst women in the Dahanu tehsil of Palghar district. Many memoranda were submitted to the officials and discussions held on the atrocious functioning of the PDS. But to no avail.

AIDWA Condemns Brutal Rape & Murder Of a Girl in Bengal

IN a press statement issued on November 23, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the brutal rape and murder of an adolescent girl of tenth class in Kakdwip, South 24 Parganas on November 22. This is an incident trailing after Park Street, Kamduni, Katwa and innumerable such in West Bengal under the regime of a woman chief minister. The earlier cases are yet to see justice. AIDWA strongly feels that West Bengal has become a state of rape and violence against women.

AIDWA Fights for "My Choice, My Right"

IN a democratic country where the constitution provides the right to live with dignity to all its citizens, choice becomes an important matter. Choice, in totality includes everything – education, dressing, living etc,  and in a globalised world where people from various backgrounds are interacting with one another, the freedom to choose a partner becomes an important aspect of choice.

Karat Meets Parrikar Seeking Support for Permanent Commissioning of Women Navy Officers

DEFENCE Minister Manohar Parrikar has given a categorical assurance to a group of women officers of the Navy, who met him on September 28 in New Delhi, along with CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, that he fully supports the September 4 High Court judgement for their immediate reinstatement as permanent commission officers. He told the delegation that he would also take appropriate measures to see that there was no appeal against the judgement by the Navy.

Bus Jatha: AIDWA Campaign Forces Telangana Govt to Scrap Cheap Liquor Policy

THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) successfully conducted a bus jatha across Telangana against the new Excise policy of the K Chandrashekar Rao government permitting wide sale of cheap liquor in the state. Strongly opposing the move, AIDWA took up statewide campaign and at the end, the government had to roll back its decision to sale cheap liquor through the State Beverages Corporation. The bus jatha went across the state from August 17 to 28, and group meetings and public rallies were held at village, mandal and division levels.

AIDWA Protests at Saudi Arabian Embassy

HUNDREDS of women and men demonstrated in front of Saudi Arabian Embassy on September 10, demanding thorough investigation and action against the rape and trafficking accused diplomat.  The demonstration was led by Jagmati Sangwan, general secretary (AIDWA), Sehba Farooqui, general secretary (JMS) and Shabanam Hashmi leader of Anhad.  The demonstration started from Malai Mandir.  While approaching the embassy with banners, placards and slogans demanding waving off of immunity and initiation of strict action against the accused, it was barricaded by the police near the embassy.  It may be me


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